Planting ornamental grass in your landscape will make the grass greener on your side of the fence. With the multitude of maintenance free ornamental grasses available, you can also make the grass blue, burgundy or golden on your side of the fence with minimal effort.
One of the most popular varieties of ornamental grass is pampas grass, which is tall and regal in stature and often planted as a stand alone plant. Pampas grass is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to ornamental grass varieties and ways to incorporate ornamental grasses into your landscape. Ornamental grass can be used as ground covers, border plants, accent plants and companion plants. Providing visual interest to landscapes year around.
Ornamental grass is virtually maintenance free. Plant it and forget about it. It’s a hardy disease free, drought resistant perennial that thrives in landscape locations where other plants refuse to grow.
Many gardeners avoid planting ornamental grass for fear that it will spread to quickly and take over their flower gardens. Some ornamental grasses do spread quickly and are best used as a ground cover for problem landscape areas. Best choices for ground covers are ornamental grasses that spread via rhizomous roots. Japanese blood grass, giant reed grass and ribbon grass are a few examples of aggressively growing ornamental grasses that are best left out of the flower garden.
The best ornamental grasses to plant in flower gardens as borders, accents and companion plants are the clumping varieties. Their roots expand slowly in a nice, neat clump and can easily be removed, divided and transplanted should they ever grow too large for your liking.
Little bluestem ornamental grass is a compact growing ornamental grass that grows between 1-3 feet in height and produces silvery white flowers with the foliage changing to reddish-orange in the fall.
Muhly grass reaches a mature height of about 3 feet and when it’s in bloom, it looks like a burgundy colored cloud. Blue fescue produces brilliant blue needle like foliage and grows to around 3 feet tall. Fountain grass produces dark golden seed heads and makes a beautiful companion plant when planted with yellow blooming flowers.
Prairie dropseed is a unique ornamental grass because it produces fragrant blooms which smell like buttered popcorn. Prairie dropseed is a mounding ornamental grass that only grows to about 2 feet in height and works very well as an accent plant in a flower garden or rock garden.
Take a fresh look at ornamental grasses when your planning new additions to your landscape or garden. The wide range of colors, sizes and growing habits, plus the fact that they are maintenance free, make them a prefect choice for making the grass green, blue, burgundy or golden on your side of the fence.